Teachers Take On The Harlem Wizards

North Middle School staff will play the Harlem Wizards to raise money on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.
North Middle School staff will play the Harlem Wizards to raise money on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of laughs and entertainment as Great Neck Public School teachers and administrators from North Middle, Baker, Kennedy, Lakeville and Saddle Rock play basketball against the Harlem Wizards on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. The North Middle School Gym doors, at 77 Polo Rd., will open for the event at 6 p.m.

The Harlem Wizards, founded in 1962 by sports promoter Howie Davis, has been described as “a Broadway show on the basketball court.” The team is comprised of six talented players with “electronic” personalities, who feature tricks, dunks, comedy and dancing, accompanied by themed music and an emcee.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/98441 until 11:59 p.m. on the night before the game for $13 (students) and $17 (adults), plus a $.99 per ticket online processing fee. At the door, tickets prices increase to $18 for students and $20 for adults. Please note that this is not a drop-off event; students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In the days leading up to the game, a Harlem Wizard player will speak with students in each of the participating schools to explain the upcoming event.

As of press time, players from North Middle School include Principal Gerald Cozine, Assistant Principals Jennifer Andersen and Nancy Gunning, and teachers John Amato, Zachary Boyt, Aimee Feifer, Eric Friedman, Jeffrey Jablonowski, Danielle Larson, Cara McCormack, Lauren Neckin, Brendan Nelson, Michael Noberto, Stefanie Oddo, Savannah Puca, Cinthia Serowik, Michelle Sicurella, Christine Sposito and Rachael Weissman.

Teachers competing from Baker School will be Anne Alexandrou, David Cheng, Kristin Eberhardt and Lindsey Glad.

Kennedy School players include Principal Ronald Gimondo, Assistant Principal Kathleen Murray and teachers Daniel DiSalvo, Lauren Heck and Roger Telsey.

Referees from North Middle will be teacher Fredric Axelrod and parent Michael Smolens. The team coach will be North Middle parent Steven Cronin.

The fundraiser will primarily benefit the North Middle Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), as well as the elementary schools. North Middle’s PTO, Shared Decision Making Committee and Student Council Organization organized the event.

For more information, contact the North Middle PTO at nmsptapay@gmail.com.

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